Louisville, Ky. – Attendance at the Kentucky State Fair increased during the 11-day event this year, compared with 2010. The annual summertime event, which is billed as a unique convergence of Kentucky music, art, culture, agriculture and entertainment, was held Aug.18-28 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky.
The Fair drew 605,565 people, up slightly from last year's count of 602,897 attendees. The total was the second highest in five years and surpassed 600,000 attendees for the third consecutive year.
“Despite a challenging economic climate, the Kentucky State Fair continues to draw people from across the state and region,” said Harold Workman, President and CEO of the Kentucky State Fair Board. “The Fair offers quality family entertainment and the chance for Kentuckians to celebrate our cultural heritage. We appreciate their commitment to coming back year after year.”
The Fair's concert lineup also drew in more people this year than last summer. A total of 46,492 people attended the four evening Main Stage Concerts, up 12 percent from 2010. Country music star Jason Aldean attracted a crowd of 15,493 people, the first Main Stage Concert to sell out since 2009.
According to Triangle Talent, the booking agency responsible for Kentucky State Fair entertainment, the free concert series garnered strong attendance numbers. The Aug. 27 show featuring Luke Bryan and special guest Candy Coburn attracted the largest Fair free concert crowd in Cardinal Stadium.
"In my 38 years of producing shows at the Kentucky State Fair, I have never seen a crowd larger than the one at the Luke Bryan concert," said Dave Snowden, CEO of Triangle Talent. According to Snowden, the stands were at capacity, the concourse was full and a large number of people were on the field.
In addition to attendance figures, successes can be found for all facets of the 107th Fair. More than 30 competitive entry departments brought in more than 50,000 entries. In addition, market animals raised by 4-H and FFA members sold for $139,500 during the live 4-H & FFA Sale of Champions auction, the largest sum raised in its 32-year history. The previous record was set in 2008 when the annual sale brought in $127,250. Also, the Health Horizons area showcased healthy living with more than 5,100 eye screenings and 2,385 hearing screenings.
The 11-day event generates approximately $16.5 million in economic impact across the community and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
The 108th Kentucky State Fair will be held Aug. 16-26 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. For more information and continued updates on the Kentucky State Fair, visit the official website at www.kystatefair.org.